New York City

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

Perfect for impressing a special date or wowing your out-of-town friends.


Little Branch (no website), 22 Seventh Avenue South at Leroy St., 212-929-4360

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

Look for the rusty door with no sign then follow the long stairway down. Expert bartenders in prohibition era uniforms whip together a tantalizing array of cocktails. Seductive, dimly lit booths practically scream come hither. A frequent haunt of celebrities, try to play it cool when stars like Scarlett Johansson are seated in the booth right next to you. Jazz Sunday through Thursday. Cash only, so hit up an ATM on your way in.

The Raines Law Room, 48 W. 17th St. bet. Fifth & Sixth Aves. (no phone)

12 Super-Secret Hotspots in NYC

Named for an 1896 liquor tax designed to curb alcohol consumption (and we know how well those worked), The Raines Law Room is accessed by an unmarked stairwell under a black awning on this residential block. Ring the button to get in then ring the button on your table to call a server. Indulge in a little Hanky Panky (which is the name of one of their amazing Prohibition-style craft cocktails, of course – although there are loveseats with curtains…). No phone for this plush lounge, so for reservations Sunday through Tuesday so contact me, I’ll make it happen.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 9 Comments

  1. Avatar of Dylan


    Definitely want to try some of these bars! What is the dress code for say, Little Branch?

  2. Avatar of Hannah Meyers

    Hannah Meyers

    Bathtub gin is one of the greatest in NYC. Its my go-to place with my college buds. 😀

  3. Avatar of Chris Naselli

    What a great resource! I’m going to use this list the next 12 dates I go on LOL

    Instrata looks pretty cool. Their “Gramercy” location is more like Murray Hill though… Cool concept. More buildings should have concierges and other services like that.

  4. Avatar of Jude Vargas

    Will definitely check out these places when I’m in NYC. Who knows, I may even hop from one place to another, they are all gems! 🙂

  5. Avatar of Francis Woods

    Francis Woods

    The Raines Law Room and Death & CO looks so cool! I’m going to get a drink (or three) at them this weekend. Please do more articles like this!!!

  6. Avatar of Gabrielle Williams

    Gabrielle Williams

    These look so hip! But am I too old to go? What’s the average age range at these places? What should I wear??

  7. Avatar of Rebecca Givens

    Fantastic list! I love checking out spots like this — you always meet interesting people at them.

  8. Avatar of Langley Fox

    I’ve been to a few of these places and they’re great. It’s always impressive when someone brings me to a truly hidden gem like some of these, rather than the typical spots (like Top of the Standard, although I love it there too…)

  9. Avatar of Courtney Watson

    Courtney Watson

    What a great list!! I’m going to save this and check these places out one-by-one.

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